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HMO Landlord Ordered to Pay £29,000 for Failing to License

Published On: January 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm

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A landlord in Leicester has been ordered to pay around £29,000 in fines and court costs after renting out a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without a license.

HMO Landlord Ordered to Pay £29,000 for Failing to License

HMO Landlord Ordered to Pay £29,000 for Failing to License

Samsud Wadi, of Evington, appeared before Leicester Crown Court on Thursday 14th January for a series of offences relating to the management of the property that he owned and failed to license.

The court was told that Wadi’s HMO, at 14 Humberstone Drive, contained eight bedsits over three storeys with some shared facilities, meaning that it should have been licensed as a HMO.

Wadi, 40, was informed that he required a HMO license in April 2015, but he did not act upon the advice.

On 10th December, he pleaded guilty to the offences before Leicester Magistrates’ Court. However, the case was referred to the crown court, as it has greater sentencing powers.

Leicester Crown Court fined Wadi £12,000 for operating an unlicensed HMO and fined him a total of £13,000 for breaching five HMO management regulations. Additionally, he was ordered to pay £3,700 in prosecution costs.

The Assistant City Mayor for Neighbourhood Services at Leicester City Council, Councillor Kirk Master, comments: “Licensing regulations for HMOs are there to protect the rights of tenants, and landlords have an obligation to ensure their properties are correctly licensed.

“In this instance, that was not done, despite the landlord being advised that he needed to do so, leaving us with no option but to take legal action against him.”1 

If you own a property that is rented to five or more people that form more than one household, is at least three storeys high and contains shared facilities (such as a bathroom or kitchen), then you must apply for a HMO license.

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1 https://www.leicester.gov.uk/news/news-story-details?nId=88535

 

 

 

 

Landlord Ordered to Pay £25,000 for Breaching Safety and Licensing Rules

Published On: July 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

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A landlord has been ordered to pay £25,151.92 after being found guilty of breaching safety and licensing rules.

Landlord Ordered to Pay £25,000 for Breaching Safety and Licensing Rules

Landlord Ordered to Pay £25,000 for Breaching Safety and Licensing Rules

Emmil Seeson Watson (also known as Emil Wayne Watson) of Reading, Berkshire pleaded guilty at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court to five charges under the Housing Act 2004.

Watson did not have the required license for the amount of tenants living in his rental property and did not conduct gas safety checks.

On 8th October 2014, environmental health officers from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea visited Watson’s rental property in London W10, after tenants complained about a leaking roof. The renters could not have the roof repaired, as they were unable to contact Watson.

Up to seven tenants were living in the house, despite Watson not having a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) license, which is required under the Housing Act 2004.

The Court was told that Watson had avoided cooperation with the council and had made it very difficult for it to contact him. Despite two previous warnings, Watson did not obtain the required license.

Since 2012, three emergencies had occurred at the property, including a leak that caused a ceiling to collapse and a window that needed repair after a burglary. Tenants were forced to complain to the emergency services and the council, as Watson could not be contacted.

Watson told the Court that if he licensed the property, he would have to increase the rents. However, some rents had stayed the same for many years. He also claimed to have paid several bills for the property out of the rents he collected.

He said that he would not replace the tenants that have left, therefore reducing the amount of people living at the property and removing the need for a license.

However, the Bench Chairman said that Watson had put his tenants in danger and failed to follow clear warnings regarding the licensing of the property.

 

Rogue HMO Landlord in Brent is Fined Again

Published On: July 3, 2015 at 11:57 am

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Rogue HMO Landlord in Brent is Fined Again

Rogue HMO Landlord in Brent is Fined Again

A landlord, who was the first to be fined in the North West London Borough of Brent for owning an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), has been fined again after owning an overcrowded and dangerous property.

Douglas Gerard-Reynolds packed 16 people into a six-room rental house, just months after he was ordered to pay £2,500 due to a lack of license. His second property, in Willesden Green, was also unlicensed.

Willesden Magistrates’ Court heard that not only was the six-room property severely overcrowded, the ceiling was also hazardous with the potential to collapse and electrical wiring was dangerous.

Gerard-Reynolds was given a fine of £6,500, and ordered to pay costs and other charges totalling £2,143.

However, this was not his first offence. In April, he was the first landlord to be fined due to a lack of HMO license for another property. This home also had poor heating facilities and water leaks. He was issued a fine of £1,000.

Councillor Margaret McLennan, Brent Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Development, says: “This is exactly why we introduced the landlord licensing schemes this year; to protect people who rent in Brent.

“This case should serve as a deterrent to any landlords who are dragging their feet when asked to apply for a license. The licensing scheme is vital for the protection of vulnerable tenants, many of whom are unaware of their housing rights.”1

1 http://www.residentiallandlord.co.uk/news/3937-original-rogue-hmo-landlord-fined-again.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letting Agency Fined £8,000 for HMO Breach

Letting Agency Fined £8,000 for HMO Breach

Letting Agency Fined £8,000 for HMO Breach

A letting agency in Oxford has been ordered to pay fines totalling £7,000 and costs of £1,140 after the City Council took it to court over an unlicensed and unsafe House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

The Letting Centre Oxford Ltd., based in the suburb of Headington, was prosecuted after environmental health officers discovered that it was managing an HMO that was unlicensed and did not comply with fire safety regulations.

Officers from Oxford City Council inspected the property in November 2014, which confirmed suspicions that it was unlicensed and unsafe. The house had a missing fire door and locks that would stop occupants escaping in the event of a fire.

Director of The Letting Centre Oxford Ltd., Darren Hazell, pleaded guilty to being in control of an unlicensed HMO and was handed a fine of £5,000 for failing to obtain a license. He also admitted to one breach of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 and received a fine of £2,000.

Additionally, the court ordered the agency to pay the Council’s full costs of £1,140 for bringing the case to court.

An Oxford City Council spokesperson says: “The City Council requires all HMOs to be licensed in order to raise standards in properties as well as their management. We will take action against landlords who fail to comply with legal requirements to license and maintain HMOs to acceptable standards.”1

1 https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2015/6/letting-agency-must-pay-over-8-000-after-hmo-breach